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  • Amanohashidate Onsen
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju
    Located in Amanohashidate, considered one of Japan’s three most picturesque destinations, this new hot spring area is an extremely popular base for local sightseeing activities. The waters of the area’s hydrogen carbonate springs, chalybeate springs, and radium springs are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, fatigue, women’s diseases, sensitivity to cold, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, skin diseases, and hemorrhoids. They are also renowned for their beautifying properties. In addition to being able to stay in hot spring hotels and ryokan inns, many of these lodging facilities offer discount day trip hot spring bathing plans and lunch plans for non-guests. Kyoto Prefectural Route 607, the “Amanohashidate Line,” selected as one of Japan’s most beautiful roads in 1987; and Shirakase-dori and Yorozumachi-dori , neighborhoods which flourished during the Edo period and where many old homes dating to this period still stand, are must-sees.
  • Kawayu Onsen
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Kawayu
    A hot spring area famous for the Sennin Buro, a natural outdoor hot spring bath only open from December to February. Piping hot 70° C water wells forth endlessly from a sodium-hydrogen carbonate, chloride spring under the bed of the Oto River, a tributary of the Kumano River, mixing with the river water to reach just the right temperature. Visitors can also dig into the gravel to create their very own outdoor hot spring bath. Anyone can bathe in the waters but those not staying at a hotel or inn in the area should bring their own shovel. Swimsuits are required. A public bathhouse is also located nearby. The area’s hot spring waters can also be drunk, and doing so is said to treat such ailments as gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and gout, while bathing in them is said to also alleviate diabetes as well as nerve pain.
  • Kushimoto Onsen
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kushimotocho
    A hot spring area where you can bathe while taking in the beauty of the vast Kumano Sea and the mountains of Nachi. The qualities of the area’s springs differ from hot spring hotel to hot spring hotel but are primarily simple sulfur springs and chloride springs. Many have outdoor baths with ocean views, enabling you to relax and soak away your fatigue while listening to crashing waves. There are also an abundance of establishments serving tasty seafood from Katsuura Fishing Port and other delights, including whale. The area is famous for the Boki-do Cave bath operated by Hotel Urashima; note, however, that due to construction to enhance the cave’s ability to withstand earthquakes, this bath is not open to non-guests from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.